Verdict iFixit: new Apple AirPods Pro headphones – disposable and not repairable
31.10.2019 0 Comments
IFixit staged a traditional disassembly of the new Apple AirPods Pro headphones. As it turned out, the novelty is completely unsuitable for repair and received 0 points on the maintainability scale.
“Despite the theoretical partial possibility of maintenance, the non-modular, glued design and the absence of replaceable components make repairs impractical and uneconomical,” the iFixit conclusion says.
Thus, after the degradation (and the actual impossibility of further use) of the battery in AirPods Pro at a cost of $ 249, users will not be able to fix them on their own. Instead, they will have to send the headphones back to Apple for recycling, or after the warranty period ends, they will need to participate in the “battery maintenance” program at a price of $ 49 per headphone.
Recall that both previous versions of AirPods also scored 0 points on the iFixit maintainability scale, so in this case the situation can be called stable.
However, disassembly revealed several interesting details in the design of the headphones. Firstly, they are one third heavier than the original AirPods, thanks to new features such as active noise reduction and an inwardly directed microphone. Disassembly also revealed that the only component of the headphones that the user can replace – the silicone nozzle – has a non-standard design, which makes it incompatible with third-party models. Although it can be expected that in the near future third-party nozzles of a new form will appear on the market.
Even more interesting was the fact that each earphone uses a round battery, which is similar to those that can be found in watches. Similar batteries were used in the Samsung Galaxy Buds, and in the case of the Korean company, such a battery can be replaced. But Apple went the other way and soldered the cable directly to the battery. To make the repair even more complicated and problematic for those who nevertheless make their way to the internal components of the earphone through a large amount of glue.
Ultimately, Apple AirPods Pro headphones can be called a one-time product. Any even the slightest breakdown requires a complete replacement of the device and does not provide for the possibility of repair. And such an approach is very strange to see from a company that prides itself on the volume of renewable energy or the use of recycled materials in the manufacture of products.
Source: The Verge